HackerJam Gamifying Hackathons

Hackathons have now a web tool that makes running them easy peasy. Think of all the genius apps that are going to be built.

Project story

We built an event management system to better organize hackathons. For those who don’t know, a hackathon is a fast-paced event where in a short amount of time, typically a night or a weekend, a software project gets done.

The events are created by the admin, who adds all the necessary details, such as date, time and location. Then, the team leaders sign up their teams and the fun begins.

The platform has an online multiplayer game feel to it, the teams being ranked by points and trophies, all the better to motivate the participants and keep that competitive spark burning.

Technologies and architecture

We built HackerJam on the Laravel framework, using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for the front-end.

Main activities and responsibilities

Project planning and management, programming (front-end, back-end), testing, deployment.